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What is Sanford Porchfest?

Sanford Porchfest is everyone's favorite charity-based music festival that is run entirely on goodwill. While it is free to attend, 100% of proceeds (from merch sales, art auction and general donations) are donated back to the community in the form of funding art-based youth programming, covering programming tuition for select youth and awarding fine-art scholarships at SSC and SCPS.

How can I support Porchfest?

Stop by the merch booth day of the event and snag your sweet swag. Check out our art auction at the festival. Make a digital or cash donation at any of the porches. Donate via PayPal or Venmo. Tell your friends! 

I have no idea what I'm doing?

Sit back and relax. Catch up with some of your neighbors. Meet new ones. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy the day:

  • Pack a picnic or visit our amazing food vendors throughout the event

  • Fill up your reusable water bottles

  • Bring a lightweight chair or blanket to sit on

  • Check out our parking maps in advance - avoid overcrowding the residential streets that are not closed

  • Bikes get tedious in the crowd; we recommend hoofing it and wagons help toting your stuff around.

  • Bring sunscreen or a hat, whatever is needed for an afternoon outdoors

  • Stay long enough for our closer band in Centennial Park (6:45-7:45)

  • Afterwards, enjoy dinner/drinks at one of our fine establishments downtown


Rules, what rules?

You are responsible for your own behavior, safety and welfare at Porchfest. Everyone remains individually responsible to conduct themselves under civil regulations of law and order. However, we have a few rules to help everyone enjoy themselves and maintain a safe environment for all:

  • Pack it in, pack it out: please only leave footprints and take only pictures

  • Follow all city ordinances in place

  • No alcohol is permitted within the festival footprint. Open container laws are in effect and enforceable by PD.

  • Remember that the porches and the surrounding areas are actual homesteads: be respectful of our neighbors

  • Be courteous and radiate positivity. Let's wear our best humanity that day.

  • Well-behaved and leashed pets are welcome; fur parents are required to pack necessities in and scoop the poop.

  • NO MOTORIZED vehicles, carts, bikes, etc. are permitted within the pedestrian footprint.

  • 10x10 shade tents and other large structures are not permitted within the festival footprint street closures. 


Where am I going and when?

Centrally located within the historic residential district of downtown Sanford, various porches will host various artists throughout the afternoon. Staggered at different times from 12:00 am-6:00 pm on the fourth Saturday of every February, Porchfest set times are designed with mingling in mind. 

Schedule and map are annually released in January. Stay connected by liking our social media pages: Facebook and Instagram

How much does it all cost me?

For you? Nothing. We created this festival with goodwill in mind. Imagine an event where no one got paid, no one paid, and yet everyone benefitted?? Introducing… Sanford Porchfest. Our performers and porches were all given freely with one thing in mind – hospitality and community. This event's mission is to raise as much money for the future of the arts in Seminole County, so please make sure to show your support of this free event by donating, purchasing merch, or bidding on an art auction item. Additionally, please feel free to tip those who make you move your feet and get up off your seat (or grassy spot)!  


Gladly accepting tax-deductible donations to our nonprofit organization and there are various sponsorship opportunities for the festival click here.

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